30 Hour Ring tradition continues


Last year when The Salvation Army Bell Ringers Jeremy and Derek officially retired from their six years of 30 Hour Marathon Bell Ringing, many wondered if the efforts would cease. Our local Salvation Army was concerned about a shortfall in their Red Kettle Campaign without the duo ringing for their annual 30 hours which brought in an incredible amount of support from St. Croix County residents.
At the end of the marathon ring last year, the ringers put out a call for a replacement. That call was answered by none other than those who we depend on in times of need all year long, the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department.
The staff at the Sheriff’s Department has stepped up and decided to volunteer their time in Hudson to continue the 30 hour bell ringing tradition for the St .Croix County Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.
Salvation Army Director Duana Bremer said, “We are overjoyed that the Sheriff’s Department has answered our call for help.”
The 30 hour marathon ring will take place in its traditional location of County Market in Hudson and will begin at 1 p.m. on Dec. 14, and go straight through to Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. During the 30 hours there will be a few visitors from the departments including K9 units and the Mounted Posse will be bringing some horses by too.
When the Salvation Army put out a call for help on this marathon ringing event, they got more than one call for support…Noah Wiedenfeld of the City of New Richmond is a marathon runner with the New Richmond Running Club. He threw his expertise into the mix and offered to help the 30 hour ring by ringing 26.2 hours (the equivalent of miles in an actual marathon) in New Richmond at Wal-Mart to help ensure that the goal in St. Croix County would bet met.
“When Noah reached out, we were super excited! This is the first time we have ever had marathon ringers in two cities simultaneously during the marathon ring. With Noah ringing in New Richmond and the Sheriff’s department ringing in Hudson, it will help us meet our fundraising goal,” Bremer said. “The 30 hour bell ringing goal was set high by Jeremy and Derek and this year we will keep the same goal of raising $75,000 in 30 hours of bell ringing.”
When asked why the goal is so high Bremer explained, “The dollars raised during our Red Kettle Campaign are used to help folks living in St. Croix County with rent, utility and heat assistance. We depend on a strong kettle campaign in order to serve those in need throughout the year. We also use some of those dollars to fund Grace Place Shelter (in New Richmond). Grace Place has been struggling this year to make the budget. The demand for shelter is up and donations simply haven’t kept up with demand. This marathon ring is very important in helping us be able to continue to serve the rising homeless population in St. Croix County.”
If you would like to help the St. Croix County Salvation Army and Grace Place during the 30 hour ring efforts, please call Bremer at 715-338-9413.
“Right now, Valley Cartage in Hudson has agreed to ring at Fleet Farm during the marathon and the Hudson Snow Trails Snowmobile Club will be ringing at Family Fresh. Ringers are still needed at Wal-Mart in Hudson, Family Fresh in New Richmond and Nilssen’s in Baldwin during the marathon," Bremer said.
If your company or if you as an individual would like to help, go to www.sagraceplace.org to sign up. The organization is also seeking sponsors of this event. If you would like to make a donation to these efforts in St. Croix County, send them payable to: Salvation Army- Grace Place 505 W. 8th Street New Richmond, WI 54017 marked “30 hour ring.” You will also be able to text “red” to 71777 to donate to the efforts again this year.
Also remember that donations toward the 30 hours will be counted in all Salvation Army Ringer kettles in St. Croix County including: Baldwin, Glenwood City, Somerset, New Richmond and Hudson. The organization serves all of St. Croix County and is excited to see the community come together to help care for the less fortunate this Christmas.
Submitted by the Salvation Army